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Intrinsic Value Global Strategy
Ariel International Fund

Why Ariel’s global approach


Experience matters

  • Rupal J. Bhansali has more than 25 years of industry experience

Managing risk is a top priority

  • We pay as much attention to risk management as to return management

Screening out provides a stronger starting point

  • While others screen in, we begin our process by screening out high-risk companies

All-cap portfolios offer larger opportunity set

  • Although our portfolios are relatively concentrated, we consider companies of all sizes

Attention to business models builds more resilient portfolios

  • In addition to applying our financial models, we consider the long-term viability of each company's business model


Key Facts
Investment Style:
International all cap, intrinsic value
Market Cap: All cap
Inception:
Investor Class: 12/30/2011
Institutional Class: 12/30/2011
Number of companies: 50-150
Turnover: typically 25-40%
Ticker Symbol:
Investor Class: AINTX
Institutional Class: AINIX
Fund Assets (all classes):
$621.6 million as of 9/30/2020
 
Portfolio Manager
Bhansali_Rupal_Web.png Rupal J. Bhansali
Portfolio Manager
 

Our global investment philosophy


Patience

We take the long-term view.
  • Emphasis on higher absolute and relative returns over a full market cycle with less risk
  • Focus research as much on what can go wrong as what can go right

Independence

We invest to our convictions, not to benchmarks.
  • Benchmark aware only to the extent that tracking error is by design and not by default
  • Significant exposure to our highest-conviction ideas, tempered with prudent risk controls

Expertise

We specialize in bottom-up fundamental research.
  • Focus on connecting information versus collecting information
  • Take business analyst approach rather than financial analyst approach
  • Have extensive interactions with management teams around the world
  • Research a company's global peers to fully inform our competitive assessment

Teamwork

We work collaboratively with a shared commitment to excellence.
  • Debate best, base and worst case scenarios for every company considered
  • Team members with defined roles vet each stock


Our global process


Negative Screening

Negative screening seeks downside protection
  • Process:
    Screen on risk, not growth rate or valuation
  • Risk management:
    Eliminate approximately 60% of high-risk stocks in universe
  • Benefit:
    Position for downside protection

Bottom-up Research

Proprietary bottom-up research enables better stock picking
  • Process:
    Lead analysts perform research
  • Risk management:
    Assess the prospects and durability of a business franchise
  • Benefit:
    Proprietary insights enable better stock picking

Team Validation

Team validation avoids blind spots in our analysis
  • Process:
    Team debates and stress tests each idea
  • Risk management:
    Incorporate macro and micro factors in scenario analyses; lead analyst presents balanced case versus a recommendation
  • Benefit:
    Ideas vetted from multiple perspectives yield more informed final decisions by portfolio manager

Portfolio Construction

Portfolios constructed to manage risks as well as long-term performance
  • Process:
    Seek to own top decile of investment opportunities uncovered
  • Risk management:
    Typically cap security position size at 5% at time of purchase, industry weights at the higher of 25% or 1.5x the benchmark, hedge currency if practical and cost-efficient
  • Benefit:
    Designed to generate superior long-term, risk-adjusted performance


Ariel International Fund

Sector Weightings (%)

As of September 30, 2020
  Ariel International Fund MSCI EAFE MSCI ACWI ex-US
Communication Services 30.28 5.47 7.47
Health Care 17.04 14.36 10.52
Consumer Staples 14.24 11.94 9.76
Financials 10.73 15.07 16.95
Consumer Discretionary 10.52 11.86 13.82
Utilities 9.89 3.97 3.37
Information Technology 3.44 8.62 11.60
Industrials 2.29 15.15 11.69
Energy 0.80 2.77 4.17
Real Estate 0.78 3.10 2.72
Materials 0.00 7.62 7.88

Represents percentage of total equity holdings in the portfolio

MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of companies in developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

These sectors are the Global Industry Classification Standard (“GICS”). GICS was developed by and is the exclusive property and a service mark of MSCI Inc. (“MSCI”) and Standard & Poor’s, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. (“S&P”) and is licensed for use by Ariel Investments, LLC. Neither MSCI, S&P nor any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications makes any express or implied warranties or representations with respect to such standard or classification (or the results to be obtained by the use thereof), and all such parties hereby expressly disclaim all warranties of originality, accuracy, completeness, merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose with respect to any of such standard or classification. Without limiting any of the foregoing, in no event shall MSCI, S&P, any of their affiliates or any third party involved in making or compiling the GICS or any GICS classifications have any liability for any direct, indirect, special, punitive, consequential or any other damages (including lost profits) even if notified of the possibility of such damages.



Investor Class
Institutional Class
Quarter End
Month End

Ariel International Fund

Investor Class | AINTX

Performance

As of November 30, 2020
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund 8.46% -0.28% 1.80% 4.87% 1.57% 3.33% 5.40%
MSCI EAFE 15.50% 8.01% 3.03% 6.37% 3.26% 6.19% 7.20%
MSCI ACWI ex-US 13.45% 8.28% 4.98% 9.52% 3.82% 7.38% 6.66%

Ariel International Fund

Investor Class | AINTX

Performance

As of September 30, 2020
Inception date: December 30, 2011 Annualized
  One
Month
Three
Months
Year
To Date
One
Year
Three
Years
Five
Years
Since
Inception
Ariel International Fund -3.32% 2.39% -1.30% 3.57% 0.20% 3.69% 5.14%
MSCI EAFE -2.60% 4.80% -7.09% 0.49% 0.62% 5.26% 6.08%
MSCI ACWI ex-US -2.46% 6.25% -5.44% 3.00% 1.16% 6.23% 5.52%
Expense Ratio Cap: 1.13%*
Gross Expense Ratio as of the fiscal year ended 9/30/20: 1.33%*

*As of September 30, 2019, Ariel International Fund (Investor Class) had an annual net expense ratio of 1.13% and a gross expense ratio of 1.32%. Effective November 29, 2016, Ariel Investments, LLC, the Adviser, has contractually agreed to waive fees and reimburse expenses (the “Expense Cap”) in order to limit Ariel International Fund’s total annual operating expenses to 1.13% of net assets for the Investor Class through the end of the fiscal year ending September 30, 2022. Prior to November 29, 2016, the Expense Cap was 1.25% of net assets for the Investor Class. Through January 31, 2014, the Expense Cap was 1.40% for the Investor Class. The Expense Cap has been lowered over time. Contact us for historical information about the Expense Cap.

Investments in foreign securities may underperform and may be more volatile than comparable U.S. stocks because of the risks involving foreign economies and markets, foreign political systems, foreign regulatory standards, foreign currencies and taxes. The use of currency derivatives and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) may increase investment losses and expenses and create more volatility. Investments in emerging markets present additional risks, such as difficulties in selling on a timely basis and at an acceptable price. The intrinsic value of the stocks in which the Fund invests may never be recognized by the broader market. Performance data quoted represents past performance. Past performance does not guarantee future results. All performance assumes the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data quoted.

MSCI EAFE Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of companies in developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada. The MSCI EAFE Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. The MSCI ACWI (All Country World Index) ex-US Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of global developed and emerging markets, excluding the United States. The MSCI ACWI ex US Index net returns reflect the reinvestment of income and other earnings, including the dividends net of the maximum withholding tax applicable to non-resident institutional investors that do not benefit from double taxation treaties. MSCI uses the maximum tax rate applicable to institutional investors, as determined by the companies' country of incorporation. Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used to create indices or financial products. This report is not approved or produced by MSCI.

Investors should consider carefully the investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses before investing. For a current summary prospectus or full prospectus which contains this and other information about the funds offered by Ariel Investment Trust, call us at 800-292-7435 or click here. Please read the summary prospectus or full prospectus carefully before investing. Distributed by Ariel Distributors, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ariel Investments, LLC. Ariel Distributors, LLC is a member of the Securities Investor Protection Corporation.



Ariel International Fund

Schedule of Holdings

As of September 30, 2020
  Units Security Description Market Value % of Total Value
BELGIUM     1,627,738 0.3
  32,445 KBC Group NV 1,627,738 0.3
CANADA     2,493,882 0.4
  154,183 Element Fleet Management Corp. 1,282,977 0.2
  52,813 IGM Financial, Inc. 1,210,905 0.2
CHINA     49,393,244 7.9
  4,713,500 China Mobile Ltd. 30,074,977 4.8
  152,605 Baidu, Inc. ADR 19,318,267 3.1
DENMARK     5,826,288 0.9
  84,207 Novo Nordisk A/S 5,826,288 0.9
FINLAND     16,245,600 2.6
  2,602,402 Nokia Corp. ADR 10,175,392 1.6
  1,368,785 Nokia Corp. 5,376,187 0.9
  24,511 Nokian Renkaat Corp. 694,021 0.1
FRANCE     34,111,487 5.4
  237,557 Michelin (CGDE) 25,546,195 4.1
  50,361 Thales SA 3,788,376 0.6
  92,662 Vivendi SA 2,585,669 0.4
  13,491 Safran SA 1,335,632 0.2
  16,304 Societe BIC SA 855,615 0.1
GERMANY     72,944,180 11.9
  300,205 Deutsche Boerse AG 52,725,910 8.5
  5,766,478 Telefonica Deutschland Holding 14,799,626 2.4
  187,858 Rocket Internet SE 4,109,942 0.7
  8,383 Beiersdorf AG 953,379 0.2
  4,208 Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA 355,323 0.1
HONG KONG     3,358,430 0.5
  361,500 CLP Holdings Ltd. 3,358,430 0.5
ITALY     25,214,013 4.0
  4,277,076 Snam SpA 22,009,334 3.5
  507,580 Italgas SpA 3,204,679 0.5
JAPAN     137,580,350 22.2
  86,600 Nintendo Co., Ltd. 48,988,347 7.9
  925,100 Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. 18,859,005 3.0
  436,700 NTT DOCOMO, Inc. 16,086,659 2.6
  744,200 Subaru Corp. 14,338,543 2.3
  683,500 Japan Tobacco, Inc. 12,443,180 2.0
  372,100 Bridgestone Corp. 11,702,989 1.9
  68,500 Secom Co., Ltd. 6,239,141 1.0
  48,500 Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd. 4,285,972 0.7
  62,000 Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. 1,942,332 0.3
  61,200 Sankyo Co., Ltd. 1,598,691 0.3
  43,500 KDDI Corp. 1,095,491 0.2
LUXEMBOURG     1,650,974 0.3
  41,884 RTL Group 1,650,974 0.3
NETHERLANDS     31,847,812 5.1
  1,075,781 Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize N.V. 31,847,812 5.1
PERU     933,273 0.2
  7,527 Credicorp Ltd. 933,273 0.2
PORTUGAL     291,031 0.0
  18,112 Jeronimo Martins SGPS SA 291,031 0.0
SINGAPORE     779,565 0.1
  116,300 Singapore Exchange Ltd. 779,565 0.1
SPAIN     25,488,677 4.1
  786,702 Endesa SA 21,057,680 3.4
  413,939 Tecnicas Reunidas SA 4,430,997 0.7
SWITZERLAND     64,919,612 10.5
  141,789 Roche Holding AG 48,515,068 7.8
  20,344 Swisscom AG 10,792,116 1.7
  49,337 Novartis AG 4,280,462 0.7
  5,834 Novartis AG ADR 507,325 0.1
  3,598 Nestle SA 427,127 0.1
  2,042 Kuehne & Nagel Intl, AG 397,514 0.1
UNITED KINGDOM     40,810,418 6.5
  1,737,082 GlaxoSmithKline plc 32,545,765 5.2
  426,603 National Grid plc 4,898,057 0.8
  2,078,308 Vodafone Group plc 2,753,616 0.4
  26,627 St. James's Place plc 319,874 0.1
  22,248 Close Brothers Group plc 293,106 0.0
UNITED STATES     35,961,144 5.8
  433,955 Philip Morris Intl, Inc. 32,542,285 5.2
  28,410 Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. 3,418,859 0.6
Total Equities     551,477,718 88.7
Short Term Investments      
  41,765,373 Northern Institutional Treasury Portfolio 41,765,373 6.7
Foreign Currency and Other Assets less Liabilities 28,404,099 4.6
Grand Total     621,647,190 100.0%



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